Juniper Networks Awarded Internationally-Recognised Government Security Certifications

Juniper Networks announced that more than 20 of its solutions for network routing, switching, security and access control have recently completed the rigorous testing and certification procedures pursuant to the U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) and international Common Criteria standards that are considered prerequisites in many of the world's defense, civilian government and public sector network acquisitions.

Newly certified are various members of Juniper Networks(R) J Series Services Routers; M Series Multiservice Edge Routers; T Series Core Routers; MX Series Universal Edge Routers; EX Series Ethernet Switches; SRX Series Services Gateways; the LN Series Mobile Secure Router; and IC Series Unified Access Control (UAC) Appliances.

FIPS Certifications

Issued by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 140-2 is a U.S. government computer security standard used to accredit and validate cryptographic modules that include both hardware and software components. FIPS-accredited cryptographic modules are used by the U.S. government and other regulated industries, such as financial and healthcare institutions, that collect, store, transfer, share and disseminate sensitive but unclassified information.

Newly validated under FIPS 140-2 Cryptographic Module security requirements are the Junos(R)-FIPS 9.3 Cryptographic Module, Junos-FIPS 9.3 L2 OS Cryptographic Module and Juniper Networks J Series Services Routers (J2320, J2350, J4350 and J6350); the Juniper Networks M Series Multiservice Edge Routers (M7i, M10i, M40e, M120 and M320); the Juniper Networks MX Series Universal Edge Routers (MX240, MX480, and MX960); the Juniper Networks T Series Core Routers (T320, T640 and T1600); the Juniper Networks SRX Series Services Gateways for the Branch (SRX100, SRX210, SRX240 and SRX650); and the Juniper Networks LN Series Mobile Secure Router (LN1000).

Common Criteria Certifications

Developed by the governments of Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the U.S., and now accepted by more than 25 countries, the Common Criteria international standard (officially known as 'The Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation') defines functional and security assurance requirements that are tested by independent laboratories. Juniper routers and switches were certified by the UK Certification Body within Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG), the Information Assurance arm of the U.K.'s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

The Juniper routers and switches recently attaining Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 3 (EAL3) certification from the UK Certification Body include the M Series Multiservice Edge Routers (M7i, M10i, M40e, M120, and M320); the T Series Core Routers (T320, T640, T1600); the MX Series Ethernet Services Routers (MX240, MX480, and MX960); and the EX3200, EX4200 and EX8200 Series Ethernet Switches. All of these solutions were certified running Junos Software 10.0. The Junos operating system provides a common language and consistent user experience across Juniper's routing, switching and security devices.

Also receiving recent Common Criteria EAL3 certification, in this case from Australia's Defence Signals Directorate, are the Juniper Networks IC Series Unified Access Control (UAC) Appliances (IC4500, IC6500, and IC6500 FIPS), Version 3.0R2.

'The growing number of Juniper Networks solutions achieving certification via testing frameworks such as Common Criteria and FIPS demonstrates our ongoing commitment to meet the most rigorous networking demands of global public sector clients and our systems integrator partners,' said Wan Ahmad Kamal, Managing Director of Juniper Networks Malaysia. 'Increasingly, public sector clients recognize that the extensive testing procedures required to attain FIPS and Common Criteria certifications serve to validate the high-performance, secure and reliable solutions they need to deliver ever-more robust networking solutions.'